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Wenatchee Lake Wildfire

A wildfire near Leavenworth burned nearly 600 acres in late July.

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07/22/13

Wenatchee Lake wildfire 90 percent contained

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Courtesy: Lisa Vollrath

LEAVENWORTH, Wash. — A wildfire that burned five acres and destroyed three cabins and one home was 90 percent contained Sunday night, officials with the U.S. Forest Service said.

Forest Service Spokesman Mick Mueller said the fire that burned on the north shore of Lake Wenatchee about 14 miles north of Leavenworth was nearly totally contained.

The fire in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest was reported Friday evening. It spread quickly because a number of dead trees present in the area provided easy fuel Saturday, and three recreational cabins and a home were destroyed. A level-1 evacuation notice was issued Saturday, and two helicopter crews were called in to help put out the blaze.

The exact cause of the fire was unknown, but officials believe it could have been sparked from a campfire.

North Shore Road was closed through Monday for possible debris clean-up. Lake Wenatchee Highway remained open.

Though temperatures remained high, low winds and increased efforts by more than 100 firefighters on the scene helped lead to containment.

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Courtesy: Lisa Vollrath

WENATCHEE — Three cabins are in ruins, and a home was badly damaged by a wildfire that ripped along the shore of Lake Wenatchee.

Roughly, a hundred firefighters are working to put out the flames which were about 75 percent contained on Saturday.

Fire officials said that the fire was likely caused by people, on the lake’s shore.

Lisa Vollrath watched the fire spread from her boat, and thinks it originated with a campfire on the beach.

“It was just so fast it started spreading to a shrub, and then this other dead wood.  It spread so fast there was nothing we could do,” Vollrath said.

The people forced to evacuate when the fire started Friday night were allowed to return on Saturday.  However, they were warned that if the fire flares back up they could be forced to leave again.

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Courtesy: Lisa Vollrath

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Courtesy: Lisa Vollrath

WENATCHEE — A wildfire that broke out Friday night on the north shore of Lake Wenatchee burned four vacation homes and forced the evacuation of about two dozens residents, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office said.

The sheriff’s office said the fire was about 5 acres. Crews are on scene fighting the fire.

The fire went from a level 3 evacuation to a level 1, as winds died down, the office said.

Cause of the fire was unknown.

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